Q: I'm a huge fan of Nadia G. on the Cooking Channel's Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen. Who is she?
—Jim Fogg, Belle Vernon, Pa.
Born Nadia Giosia, she's the first woman to create a cooking show on the Internet that transitioned into a TV series: Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen.
The 31-year-old entrepreneur, who is the creator, writer and host of the comedy cooking show that serves up a blend of food and humor, developed the idea out of need. For several years prior to its inception, the Montreal, Canada, native ran her own online design studio but felt something was missing: food. So in 2007, she launched Bitchin' Kitchen as a three-minute web program.
Three years later, it moved to Food Network Canada and a culinary star was born.
Where other hosts on the Cooking Channel have studied at the Cordon Bleu and other such upscale schools, Nadia G. claims to have gotten her training at the school of "hard wooden spoon whacks." The reality is her passion for food began in the kitchen of her Italian family, which consists of cooks and caterers who never gave up the belief that Casalinga-style cuisine is unparalleled.
For those interested in trying a few of her recipes, she is the author of two cookbooks: Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen: Cookin' for Trouble and The Bitchin' Kitchen Cookbook: Rock Your Kitchen and Let the Boys Clean Up the Mess.